ENEC12012 - Stress Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop skills to analyse the stresses in a structural member subjected to various actions such as axial force, torsion, bending moments, and shear force using the principles of mechanics of materials. You will learn how individual structural members resist and transfer the stresses as well as ways in which they can fail. You will document the process of modeling, testing, and analysis and communicate, work and learn, both individually and in teams in a professional manner. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: (ENEG11006 Engineering Statics OR ENEC12007 Analysis of Structures) AND (MATH11219 Engineering Mathematics) AND (ENEG11008 Materials for Engineers OR ENEG12005 Materials Science and Engineering)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 10%
4. Online Test 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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More time should be provided for the online quiz assessments.
Quiz assessments will be reviewed and revisited.
Action Taken
More time was provided for the online quiz assessments.
Source: Have your say survey
Weight of quiz assessment to be reduced. Use written assessment for the final test instead of quiz format.
The final exam will be a written assessment and not a quiz.
Action Taken
The end-of-term test was changed to a written take-home assessment.
Source: Have your say survey
Easy-to-navigate Moodle page.
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
This practice was continued.
Source: Unit Survey
Tutorials provide adequate instruction on how to approach questions and problems.
Continue this good practice.
Action Taken
Source: Students Feedback
Students appreciate the exemplars provided for quizzes but these resources could be expanded.
Continue to expand these exemplars to give greater clarity to students when completing their assessments.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the fundamental theories and analytical techniques to solve problems in mechanics of materials
  2. Analyse the behaviour of structural members subjected to axial force, torsion, bending moment and shear force
  3. Determine principal stresses and discuss failure criteria for a range of engineering materials
  4. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and teamwork.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools, and resources. (LO: 3N 4N )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 4N )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 4N )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 3I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 2I 3I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 2N 3I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 4I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 4I )

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Online Test